Supporting Those Facing Alcoholism and Cancer

Alcohol addiction poses numerous health risks. We might enjoy a drink or two with friends during the weekend. But, chronic use is dangerous to our health. A major consequence is an increased likelihood of cancer. As per Cancer Research UK, alcohol has been identified as a causative factor for seven types of cancer, including breast, mouth, and bowel cancer. Accordingly, we need to support people struggling with alcoholism, especially those at risk for or actively managing alcohol-induced cancers. This is where The Providence Projects can make a profound difference.

If you are searching for more information on how alcohol can trigger various types of cancers, then you will find this information precisely in this awareness guide we have created.

The Effect of Cancer on Various Organs

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Regardless of the type of alcohol – beer, wine, or spirits – the risk of developing cancer remains the same. Interestingly, even moderate alcohol consumption can pose a risk for cancer. Generally, seven types of cancers can be alcohol-induced. They include:

Mouth and Upper Throat Cancer

Alcohol consumption significantly contributes to mouth and upper throat cancer, especially when combined with tobacco use. Locally, these cancers can lead to pain, difficulties swallowing, and changes in speech.

Esophageal Cancer

Alcohol increases the risk of both squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus. Esophageal cancer can lead to difficulty swallowing, weight loss, and chronic pain. Cancer can affect nearby lymph nodes and other organs, such as the liver, lungs, and bones if it spreads.

Liver Cancer

This is the most common cause of cancer that is induced by alcohol. Chronic alcohol consumption can result in liver damage, cirrhosis, and ultimately liver cancer. The liver plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, such as detoxification, nutrient metabolism, and hormone regulation. Liver cancer can cause abdominal pain, jaundice, and loss of appetite.

 

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Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer, which affects the voice box, has been linked to chronic alcohol consumption. This cancer can cause hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and shortness of breath. Cancer can spread to nearby tissues or other organs if not treated, causing additional complications and health issues.

Stomach Cancer

Alcohol has been implicated as a risk factor for stomach cancer, as it may contribute to the development of gastritis and other precancerous conditions. Stomach cancer can cause pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Breast Cancer

Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for breast cancer in women. It can cause hormonal imbalances that promote cancerous growth in breast tissue. Breast cancer may lead to abnormal tissue growth, changes in breast shape, and sometimes pain or discomfort.

Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer

Lastly, alcohol use has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. This cancer type can present with abdominal pain, blood in the stool, or changes in bowel habits.

Prevention and Recovery with The Providence Projects

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Reducing the incidence of alcohol-induced cancers requires a strong focus on prevention. At The Providence Projects, we are passionate advocates for moderation as a means to lower the risk of cancer. We believe in taking a proactive approach by providing education on the undeniable link between alcohol and cancer.

The road to recovery from both cancer and alcoholism is filled with challenges. However, this journey is possible and attainable with the right support system in place. With our knowledgeable and compassionate team by your side, sober living is within your reach. We stand ready to support and empower you as you embark on your path to recovery. Take the first step towards recovery today by contacting our admissions team. We will guide you through every step of the process.

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